A sharp commentary on Brazil's transformation through a crass modernization process is told in Felliniesque gaudy style as a troupe of magicians and artists travels across the country to encounter people's hypnosis by mass society, media and consumerism. The film's social commentary features some sad scenes of the destruction of Indian culture and habitat, yet something does not quite work to make it exceptional.
Like a Wes Anderson film, it's the little touches that make this film so endearing - in this case, a shy smile here, a conjuring trick there, not to mention the 9,000 miles of Brazil. Wilker's portrayal of Lorde Cigano and Zambelli's Dasdo are fantastic, but Swallow the strongman's tears are the saddest I've ever seen. The commentary on television usurping all other forms of culture, low- or high-brow is powerful.